Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Hi Poetry Jammers,
I have what I think is a very interesting prompt for you today. And that is to write an Anaphora poem, and it is not as hard as you may think. Never heard of an Anaphora poem? An Anaphora is "the repetition of a word or expression several times within a clause or within a paragraph". In poetry the repetition of the phrase can be just at the beginning of each line, setting the tone as a meditation or a mantra, or it can be utilized more subtlety within the poem. The poem can be free verse or prose style. If this still is not clear, consider some of the repetition in William Blake's poem "The Tyger." Note the repetition of the word "what."
What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?
Another example is Shakespeare's "Sonnet 66" Note the repetition of 'and.'
Tired with all these, for restful death I cry,
As to behold desert a beggar born,
And needy nothing trimm'd in jollity,
And purest faith unhappily forsworn,
And gilded honour shamefully misplac'd,
And maiden virtue rudely strumpeted,
And right perfection wrongfully disgrac'd,
And strength by limping sway disabled
And art made tongue-tied by authority,
And folly--doctor-like--controlling skill,
And simple truth miscall'd simplicity,
And captive good attending captain ill:
Tir'd with all these, from these would I be gone,
Save that, to die, I leave my love alone.
A few more examples:
Allen Ginsburg's poem "Howl"
Walt Whitman's poem "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking"
Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking
If you are looking for the 'bottom line' for this prompt, use repetition: repetition of a word, repetition of a phrase to intensify feeling, itensify emotion, or ....... just because. Repetition of any kind counts!
We hope you will write a NEW poem for this prompt, and also that you will visit the poems of other poets. It really IS all about community and reciprocity.
Link your poem using Mr. Linky below, and be share to leave a comment!
Prompt provided by Mary who blogs at In the Corner of My Eye.